Friday, September 19, 2008

What's Cookin', Good Lookin'?

Last night I tried out a fun new recipe from cutie Preppy Sue's blog and it was delish. This is my slightly altered version of the recipe, which was totally delish! Thanks for the great recipe, Sue!

Pasta Spinach Bake

1 box penne (I used whole wheat and my box was 13.5oz.)
1 tbsp. butter
1 thinly sliced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
2 1/2 cups skim milk
1 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, divided (or in my world, one small bag and eyeball it)
1 1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. pepper (or in my world, a bunch of twists of the pepper grinder)
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (I didn't thaw or drain...that takes too much time and this crocodile wanted to get the show on the road)
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs (or in my world, enough to cover the top. measuring makes for more clean up)
2 large chicken breasts, cut into chunks
A few spritz of EVOO


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Saute chicken in EVOO spray, set aside.

3. Cook pasta, drain and set aside.

4. Melt 1 tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, saute 5 minutes.

5. Add flour to saucepan, cook 30 seconds. Add milk, cook 4 minutes or until bubbly.

6. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese, Italian seasoning and pepper and let thicken. Remove saucepan from heat.

7. In a large bowl combine chicken, pasta, cheese sauce, 3/4 cup cheese, diced tomatoes and spinach.

8. Spoon mixture into a 13x9 sprayed dish. Combine breadcrumbs and 2 tbsp. cheese. Sprinkle over dish.

9. Bake 30 minutes.

Serves 4-6

So right after I stuck this in the oven I looked over at my fruit bowl to realize the five nectarines that I purchased ROCK HARD on Tuesday, were about ready to rot today. I cut those up (discarding the icky parts of course) and added a bag of frozen blueberries (right out of the freezer. Have you noticed that I am a short-cut cook and rarely actually defrost anything? That simply takes too much time and pre-planning. Who has time for that fancy business?). Tossed in 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon and ginger. Then in a small bowl I mixed up 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 cup oats, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1/2 stick butter. Sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 for @25 mins. Delish!!

**All measurements are an estimate. You should have also noticed by now that I am a big fan of the eyeball-it method. That's just how I learned to cook. Hard to teach an old dog new tricks I guess.


Gracie Beth said...

that sounds absolutely yummy, I will have to try it sometime.

preppy little dress AKA "PLD" said...

sounds yummy, thanks for sharing!

Belle said...

That all sounds so good! Love it.

Jennifer said...

My swap package arrived today...thanks so much for everything. I LOVE it all:)

Pink Flamingo said...

That sounds fantastic...I will have to try. :)

Hopsy said...

Delish! I sounds very similar to one of the famous dishes we had at camp!

Molly said...

I love that you share good recipes with us, one of my favorite things!! I made the corn dip, everyone loved it and it was so easy!! Thanks!!

Elizabeth said...

Mmmm ... can't wait to try this! :)

Anonymous said...

This one looks so good! Thanks for explaining the 'alternative measurements' you use - that is *so* helpful, we can't tell you! And you did it in terms even TP can understand!


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